Wait. Did you hear that? That was a chorus of boos raining down on the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second and third period of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Yes folks. Toronto lost their third straight game and fans are getting fed up with the team. It is obvious now that the two week Olympic break has hurt the team. Even if the Leafs make the playoffs, they’ll probably be eliminated in the first round the way the team is playing.
Nathan Raymond made the game close just under five minutes to go in the third (period), but the Leafs were unable to get the tying goal. Not even with the extra attacker.
In the last four minutes of regulation, the Leafs made the game exiting, but to a Toronto fan, a loss is a loss.
Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle said in the post game press conference that the last three losses hurt. “We had points available on the road,” he said.
The Leafs came out strong in the game against the New York Rangers. In fact, I’m not afraid to say that it was the best start the Leafs have had since the end of the two week break. Toronto went ahead 2-0 in the third period. However, the Rangers tied the game with two short handed goals. It looked as if the Leafs were going to lose their fourth straight game.
Fortunately, Tyler Bozak scored the winning goal in overtime to give the Leafs the 3-2 victory.
“You have to look at it as two points that are huge right now,” said Carlyle after the game.
However, Carlyle also said the game itself wasn’t anything to be happy about. I agree. Giving up two short handed goals is not good, especially when you’re up by two.
The Leafs face the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.